WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?
Long ago the Ancient Greeks cottoned on to the medicinal value of cold water. Even after they developed heating systems for their public baths, they continued to lie in cold water. Alternating between a hot spring and the snow is normal for locals of the northern hemisphere.
Even Yogi’s prescribe the health benefits of cold showers. For most of us today, these benefits have given way to luxuriating in delicious warm baths.
While we spend much of our time in a controlled temperature environment, it may not be to our advantage. Consistent warm air and warm water have been shown to promote the aging process.
Whole Body Croytherapy has 33 Benefits in 3 minutes!
ANTI-AGING AND SKIN REJUVENATION
The Nitrogen environment and intense cold of nearly -170 degrees activates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin leaving it smoother, firmer and tight. After a series of treatments, clients notice more even tone and renewed elasticity and an improved overall younger appearance. A reduction in cellulite has also been noted as another benefit.
People who start using cold showers often report their skin shifting from dry and lifeless to soft, smooth and radiant. Your natural skin oils have benefits far beyond any topical moisturizer. Much like a cold shower, the cryosauna steam closes your pores, preventing these important oils from being lost. At the same time the closed pores block a build up of dirt and grime. The cold steam creates goose bumps, which invigorate your tissue, tightening your skin. It also stimulates the production of collagen, found in your skins fascial layer, improving tone and youthful appearance.
Revs Up Your Metabolism
Successful, permanent weight loss only occurs with an increase in metabolism. In the Whole Body Cryosauna, the outer layer of skin’s temperature is reduced to between 41°F and 50°F. Your body responds by a boost in your metabolism and literally “burns” up calories by speeding up to literally “warm you up.” Repeated exposure with our Whole Body Cryotherapy results in an elevated metabolism 24/7. Translation, you are burning MORE calories each and every day.
There is nothing like a good blast of cold to speed up your metabolism and burn calories. Firstly the thyroid experiences a positive response to cold therapies. After 10 days of whole-body cryotherapy, the body activates an insulation gear (also seen in other mammals). The thyroid begins to increase thyroxine levels leading to mobilisation of fatty acids and therefore weight loss.
Cold temperatures also have a unique affect directly on our fat tissue. We have two types of fat; weight retaining white fat cells, found on the hips, belly and thighs, and brown fat cells, in charge of regulating body heat. Exposure to the cold burns up the white fat cells as fuel for heat. It also stimulates the brown fat cells, which generate heat without the need for physical movement. Using the cold to stimulate the mitochondria in brown fat cells can protect us from aging, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Some women have even experienced and improvement in cellulite. This cold thermal loading may be a simple yet important weight-balancing tool.
• Tighter, firmer youthful skin due to increased collagen production
• Reduction of skin blemishes from conditions such as Psoriasis
• Reduction in the appearance of cellulite
• Activation of the body’s natural regeneration processes
• Stronger hair and nails
• More energy and libido
A quick cold shower or cryotherapy is fantastic way to boost ones circulation, even in winter. When the surface of the skin is blasted with cold, the capillaries dilate pulling blood to the surface to warm you up.
After a short while, the blood pumps to the organs stimulating warmth through the whole body.
This promotes long-term cardiovascular health, increasing nutrient and oxygen supply to the tissue, as well as increasing the lymph circulation, flushing toxins and waste products from the body.
In essence the cold warms you up.
Exposing the body to the elements wakes up many systems, including the immune system. Eighteen years ago, Siberean kindergarden director Olesya Osintseva felt concerned about the low immunity she observed in the school children. She decided the answer was to take them outside each day for 1.5 minutes to play in the snow in their swimsuits! With the parents’ permission, the children would happily venture out and pour ice-cold water over their heads. For the children it is a fun game. Within the first 6 months Osintseva clearly noticed the improvement in her pupils resistance to infection. Cold-water therapy has been shown to up regulate the system, decreasing inflammation and flooding T-lymphocytes through the blood boosting immune function.
During intense exercise muscles strengthen by breaking down slightly and rebuilding stronger. This is commonly known as microtrauma, which stimulates the repair and strengthening process known as hypertrophy. Increased muscle size results from an increase of mitochondria in the muscle cells, and increased strength is from nerve impulse stimulation; either way one can experience painful stiff muscles during the repair process. The burst of cold also triggers a release of anti-inflammatory molecules. Unlike the excruciating experience of sitting in a an ice bath for half an hour, 3 minutes in the cryochamber helps the recovery and repair happen faster and more effectively. It also helps the removal of lactic acid from the muscles.
Natural Alternative for Pain Management
Medical studies have confirmed that cryosauna has beneficial effects on a variety of health problems. Therefore, it is widely used throughout Europe for medical wellness purposes in clinics, private practices as well as health and wellness resorts. The cryosauna is a great, natural alternative to treat pain associated with rheumatism, arthrosis, arthritis, spinal degeneration, and chronic inflammation of joints or tendons.
It has also therapeutic effects on physical stress, insomnia and even skin problems, such as neurodermatitis or psoriasis. The therapy is likewise widely used in sports medicine to treat injuries and for faster recovery after surgeries. Besides that, this treatment is considered to be completely safe – and 100% medication free!
• Quicker surgical recovery time
• Reduction of pain and inflammation
• Reduction in length of rehabilitation
• Increases athletic performance
• Reduces DOMS (Delay Onset Muscle Soreness)
• Faster return to competition
• Competitive psychological edge
Cold showers have been shown as an effective and harmless treatment for depression.
Research has shown that Whole body cryotherapy can relieve depressive symptoms and result in improved quality of sleep. Today our bodies often lack brief periods of intense temperature change. This decrease of “thermal exercise” may cause inadequate functioning of the brain.
A cold blast stimulates the cold receptors in the skin, which send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses to the brain. In the 2008 study on the cold showers conducted at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, researchers found, “Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and to increase synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well.”
Noradrenaline is a hormone and neurotransmitter useful for treating depression, and abnormally low blood pressure. Beta-endorphin is the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel better immediately after an injury. It works by binding to and activating opioid receptors, dulling pain, and increasing feelings of relaxation and wellbeing.
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